No glitches hopes

The championship will take place in Riversdale, Southland on April 10 and 11.

“We got a little scared the other day when Oakland was blocked,” admits organizing committee spokesman Mark Dillon.

“Covid really upset the whole world. I think we are lucky that we can even go forward. “

Last year’s event was supposed to take place in Hawke’s Bay in April, but was postponed and eventually took place in Kirvey, Canterbury, in late July.

A former national champion who represented New Zealand at the 2014 World Cup in France, Dillon is a farming, sheep and beef raising, farmer and contractor in the countryside.

This year he is hosting an event at his farm.

He said Rural News articles include 16 conventional, five reversible, nine vintage, and five or six groups of equestrian plows – the latter sponsored by the Rural News Group. He expects Silver champion Ian Woolley (Blenheim) and bilateral champion Malcolm Taylor (Putaruru) to defend their titles.

Meanwhile, it is still unclear if this year’s World Cup, which Woolley and Taylor have claimed, will be held in Ireland in September.

The winners of the Riversdale event will qualify for the World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dillon himself will compete in the regular class, in which he finished third last year.

He is also an active participant in the Tractorpull competition, being the chairman of Southern Tractor Pull. Unsurprisingly, this year’s Tractorpull event will take place in parallel to plowing.

Dillon says the car he uses in the Tractorpull, a vintage Fordson, is currently “in the barn” that has a new Ford truck engine.

“It’s not that long ago, so it should be a better engine than what I had.”

He hopes that 40 or 50 vehicles will hit Tractorpull, but that may depend on the weather.

About 20 people recently came to the local Tractorpull alone for the Balfour Backyard Beauties Car, Motorcycle and Tech Rally in early March.

Another highlight of this year’s event will be a demonstration of GPS-controlled plowing from equipment supplier Power Farming.

There will also be craft and food stalls, and admission will be through donations of gold coins.